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    Bryony nicked the camera, so this week I teamed up with Jamie McIntrye (our intern) and our scanner to supply images

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    Der Grief (best cover)

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    Der Grief

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    Der Grief

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    Der Grief

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart (including Thunderbirds stamp)

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    Stuff by Hattie Stewart

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Go Into Town & Get Some Milk

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    Plausible Possible

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    Sci-Fi Lovers

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Things

Posted by Alex Moshakis,

Bryony is currently manning our Pick Me Up stall, so I’ve been tasked with bringing you the weekly dose of Things (which includes super cool stuff, pretty much as always)…

Der Grief Simon Karlstetter, Leon Kirchlechner and Felix von Scheffer

The latest issue of Der Grief officially features one of the best magazine cover images of 2011. Thankfully, the rest of the magazine – which contains more photography as well as poetry and stories – is as good (and sometimes as equally amusing) as the cover in which its bound. Also, there’s an incredibly weird but kind of cool editorial letter in the magazine’s first few pages, highlighting the importance of laughter. I’d like to second that – laughter is important. I’d also like to stress how important it is to generally avoid speeding objects, and to share food sometimes.
www.dergreif-online.de

Stuff by Hattie Stewart Hattie Stewart

We sometimes receive bumper packs through the post. The packs don’t contain one thing, but instead house many, many different things. This week’s comes courtesy of Hattie Stewart, who sent in two zines, a sticker, and a super nice business card (all varying in size). As stand-alone objects they each work – they’re all as individually important as the next – but collectively they shout out load, grab hold of your attention and very nearly don’t let go. Also, she used a Thunderbirds stamp (see picture). Cool!!!
www.hattiestewart.blogspot.com

Go Into Town & Get Some Milk Caitlin Duennebir, Rabitt Books

Published by Rabbitt Books, Go Into Town & Get Some Milk is a small and wonderfully concise collection of images by photographer Caitlin Duennebir. A highlight is the book’s front page, which instead of a photograph features a poem that is perhaps intended to shed light on the series or else is meant as a weirdly abstract but nevertheless highly intriguing introduction to the book. The poem reads:

I’m sitting on the
back porch watching
people run up and
down the hill.
They should run because
at night that is where
all the skeletons go
to dance.
www.caitlinduennebier.co.uk
www.rabbitt.eu

Plausible Possible Alexandre Elmir, Gregoire Alix-Tabeling, Yoan Ollivier

According to their website, Plausible Possible (consisting of Alexandre Elmir, Gregoire Alix-Tabeling, Yoan Ollivier) is a “design agency that supports the development of private or public initiatives.” This featured piece of newsprint is their manifesto (of sorts) – an introduction to their philosophy and an articulate comment on what design really means.
www.plausiblepossible.com

Sci-Fi Lovers James Jessiman

London-based printmaker and illustrator James Jessiman sent us a print titled Sci-Fi Lovers or Sci-Fi Lovers 2011. It’s totally weird (it features a surreal act of marriage proposal in a psychedelic, fluorescent flower-covered room), but more importantly is completely representative of the craft and ability evident throughout all of Jessiman’s work.
www.jamesjessiman.com

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Posted by Alex Moshakis

Alex originally joined It’s Nice That as a designer but moved into editorial and oversaw the It’s Nice That magazine from Issue Six (July 2011) to Issue Eight (March 2012) before moving on that summer.

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    Switzerland-based artist Pascale Keung makes delightfully diverse work which is inspired by her chosen country’s stunning natural landscape as often as it is by wild fantasies. This series Muttsee is an example of the former, a collection of images about “a very special place in the Alps of Switzerland” where she goes to fish with her friends from time to time.

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    Anna Burns is a set designer with a taste for the ambitious. Who could forget her work with Thomas Brown where they created B-Movie inspired installations out of flammable umbrellas? For her latest work Anna has collaborated with Michael Bodiam on a series inspired by nuclear catastrophe and our contradictory attitudes towards it – apocalyptic fear on the one hand and weird fascination on the other.

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    I have no idea who Mr G.G.Hines is. And yet I am standing surrounded by junk staring at his black leather passport holder. I am transfixed by it; lost in reveries about who he was, where he travelled to and what his handwriting – neat, confident but not fussy – says about him. I am also wondering how his passport came to be here, and the answer to that begins with Dan Tobin Smith.

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    Three years ago at the London Design Festival, the Bouroullec Brothers transformed the Raphael Cartoons gallery at the V&A by installing a huge textile-covered platform down the centre of the vast room. It became a playful, very human space in the heart of one of London’s most august institutions, and remains one of the most talked-about festival projects of recent years.

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    GIFs are usually reserved for that corner of the internet preoccupied with getting a quick laugh out of an easy audience (us included) so it’s surprisingly poignant to see the popular form employed not to show how funny a dog walking on its hind legs can be but to express a more powerful idea. This is exactly what Sofia Niazi has done with her new project Women of WOT. She wanted to utilise the medium to tell the unheard stories of the women forgotten by the War on Terror, but soon found that her project took a unexpected turn.

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    Just when you thought the only time you’d get to see some fruit getting jiggy with each other was the last time you ate a Moam bar, here’s Amelie von Wulffen’s paintings. Amelie’s work is a refreshing, sometimes sinister, sometimes sexual series of water-colour paintings depicting a strange mixture of food and tools interacting with each other as if they were humans – eating ice cream and going to music concerts and the like. As well as reducing mankind down to what it really is – a bunch of ridiculous creatures bumbling around the earth – Amelie’s real success here is bringing dark comedy into the largely unfunny art world, and for that she should be praised.

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    We’ve long maintained that to really get to know how a creative’s mind works, it’s best to explore their personal work, which often tells you much more than their professional portfolio. Another good example of this comes from London-based identity designer Iancu Barbarasa, who works under the name Iancul, and his terrific new Drawriting project, which “turns thoughts and their letters into visual puzzles.”

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    Co-founders of Dastoli Digital Robert and James were huge fans of Star Wars in the late 1990s, recreating hundreds of images from comics, books and game graphics on Microsoft Paintbrush using the Windows 3.1 operating system. In the run-up to the release of Star Wars Episode VII which will come out on 18 December 2015 they’re releasing an image a day from this seemingly bottomless archive, giving fellow fans a glimpse of their fantastic attention to detail and brilliantly retro colour palette.

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    Anna Valdez is the kind of artist who makes me want to swathe myself and everything around me in layers of tropical prints and geometric patterns and embrace a new sartorial existence as a wannabe art teacher. Her mastery of textiles is so thorough that some of her pieces almost feel like studies, an effect which makes sense considering her academic interests. With a background in anthropology she paints domestic interiors as though they were portraits, with every detail contributing to the overall effect, whether it be house plants, intricately reproduced book covers, woolly jumpers or oriental rugs.

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    Australian artist Kit Webster is has long been fascinated with the emotional and psychological tricks he can play through the manipulation of sound and light. His new piece Hypercube is a concentric cubic sculpture with a 120-metre LED set-up that can be controlled using specially-created software. The pre-recorded cycles allow Kit to control the viewer’s experience, speeding the cube up to a frenzy and breaking the tension with meditative moments of calm.

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    Apologies if this is a slightly dismayed post, but upon thinking I had stumbled across a gem via Nieves’ announcement of some new zines I was excited to be the first to write about Keegan McHargue on It’s Nice That. Alas I was not, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t shout about his brilliance once more.